Cost: 1050p ($28Aussie) for a 30 minute swim 

What a bucketlist moment! I still can’t believe I finally got to tick this off my list!

This is probably the biggest ADVICE I can give you! Whale shark snorkelling is ONLY from sunrise (about 6am) till 11am but the whale sharks can leave at anytime so best to do it as early as you can.

I want you to know this because we arrived at 3pm thinking it was an all day thing, and the girls I was travelling with was very disappointed when they had a flight to catch at 7am the next day and had to miss out.

Swimming with Whale Sharks is completely safe. These gentle giants only eat plankton so don’t worry, they WILL NOT EAT YOU! They are so accustomed to swimming along side humans that they don’t even notice that you are there.

So, it will cost 1050p ($28Aussie) for a 30 minute swim with these gentle giants. This includes snorkel gear and the boat ride to the swimming area.

You will need to set an alarm for 4:55 to sit and wait at the beach for sunrise before grabbing a life vest and snorkel (don’t worry, you can take the vest off before you jump in the water.) Then a boat will take you out where you jump in the water.

To avoid disappointment I want to let you know, it gets packed!! But.. I do have the perfect solution also. Sharkys Hostel is and always will be the first boat out into the water so you get the chance to swim alone with these gentle giants for a couple of minutes. I mean although it is packed, it won’t feel it because each boat has its own whale shark, so I mean your swimming with the group of friends you made at sharkys anyway. It’s not until you get back on the boat and actually see how many other boats there are. 

I’m not sure what other sites you can book through, but I booked Sharky’s Hostel through Hostelworld.

It’s difficult to show just how big these gentle giants are. But this is photo shows the man is the size of the tail..

Okay real talk. I must admit, Oslob is not the most ethical choice when swimming with whale sharks, although you are always guaranteed a sighting no matter what day.

As the locals in Oslob feed these big fish every morning, Whale Sharks have started to heavily rely on this feeding time as one of their main sources of food. This not only means that if the humans disappear one day, the Whale Sharks will be left helpless but it has disturbed their mating patterns as previously they made their way to the deeper, cooler waters during mating season and now, this has completely changed.

There are also options of diving in the deep with these majestic creatures.

Entry Fee: 45 pesos ($1.19 Aussie)

Try to get there early around 7am to see the true magic. We had the falls with a few other families but you really get to see the raw beauty without the hundreds of kids and tourists which you’ll start to see around 9:30am.

There are a few tiny lockers BUT if you go early in the morning you can just put your stuff on the tables as you swim. It’ll all be within eye sight and I left my drone, camera and go pro on the table and felt completely safe. 

From where the bus drops you off, it is about a 1.5 km
walk to the falls but it’s honestly breathtaking. Stop along the way, walk across a few bridges and take in the view.

You walk along the river with palm trees just lined all the way down, then through a small village before reaching paradise. You can swim throughout the park but I wouldn’t recommend you jump the falls without a guide. There are canyoneering tours available and I would say its probably easier to book one with a local on the spot when you arrive. That way you can negotiate. There are so many. 
If you are wanting to plan your tour, you can check out KLook for good deals.

The First Falls

To reach the second falls. Walk along path on the left side of the water and follow the stairs up and around until you reach a few houses, then follow the stairs down and you’ll come out at the base of the second falls.

The Second Falls

To reach the third falls you will need to cross the bamboo bridge to reach this side and follow the steps up to the left.

The Third Falls


Walk up the stairs on the right hand side to reach…


Directions to Kawasan Falls from Maoboal

  • If you are staying at Panagasama Beach (party street in Moalboal) you will need to catch a taxi back to the main road. This will take about 20 minutes
  • Wait on the side of the road in the direction you are wanting to go and wait up to 30 minutes for the yellow bus and wave it down.
  • It will cost around 30 pesos and half an hour to reach Kawasan Falls

Directions to Kawasan Falls from Oslob

  • If you are staying in the Whale Shark Town just south of Oslob (this is where you stay when you want to swim with the whale sharks at sunrise) then stand on the side of the road in the direction you are wanting to go (the sea side) and wait up to half an hour for the yellow bus
  • It will cost around 50 pesos to take you on a 20 minute ride to Batu
  • From Batu you will need to transfer to another bus heading in the direction of Moalboal. It will cost around 70 pesos and take one hour to reach Kawasan Falls.

Octopus Card

Your Octopus Card can pay for pretty much everything in Hong Kong. From transport including, trains, buses, trams, ferries, but you can also buy groceries from the supermarket, McDonald’s, pay tolls as you drive and so much more!
The card will initially cost you about $50HKD and then just top up as you need to.

Tram $2.60HKD
Ferry $2.60HKD
Train varies on zones

Train

Metro symbol is 

Image result for hong kong metro symbol

The price of your train journey depends on the zone in where you hop on and off., therefore you will need to tap on and off with your Octopus card.

TIP: Train exits are shown on your google maps to make it easier when following directions to your destination.

Ferry

Ferry prices are usually about $2.60HKD.

The ferry will bridge the gap between the island and the mainland.

On the Ferry from Wan Chai ferry terminal to the main land (Tsim Sha Tsui) be sure to sit on the front left side for the best view of the city. From Central to Tsim Sha Tsui sit on the front left side.   

Bus

Bus to the peak is standard $9.60HKD
Bus from airport is standard $40HKD

You will only need to tap your Octopus card as you hop on the bus.

Tram

Tram prices are usually about $2.60HKD.

You will only need to tap your Octopus card as you leave the tram at your destination.


Choi Hung Estate

Located on the roof of a carpark, this basketball court makes the perfect addition to the colourful backdrop.

Lok Wah Estate

If you visit this rooftop at the perfect time, you will have incredible lighting opportunities. I went 3-4pm in the afternoon during Winter (January).

Quarry Bay

Lai Tak Tsuen

*This estate is now closed to the public. Security guards roam the premises. Please respect their privacy*

A group of three round buildings on the outskirts of the city are the perfect photo op! The symmetrical circles look great from above looking down but I think they look even better from below.

Temple St & Nathan Road

With bright and vibrant signs on every corner, how could you not be fascinated to wander every street and alleyway.

Hong Kong Light Show

The light show happens once a year around NYE. Walk around, get lost and take a whole lot of photos.

Shopping Malls

K11 Art shopping Mall
Hysan Place, Floor 6

I would recommend you buy a ticket on KLook the day before. Tickets become unavailable the day of so be sure to buy a ticket the day prior. 

Directions to the Peak by bus 
Bus is $9.60 HKD one way 
Catch bus 15 from three pacific place ,Queens Rd
Riding the bus up, make sure to sit on the front left hand side on the top deck. 
(As you’re heading up, the bus will take a slight left and down a small hill. This is normal,  it will lead to a coldasack and he will turn around before ascending back up the hill.. yes I may have freaked out a little)

Directions to the Peak by tram
Tram will cost you $37HKD one way.
Head to the tram station on Garden Road Central.

Old Fashioned Tram. Although it is very pricey, I would definitely recommend ride it at least once. Make sure to sit on the three seated side closest to the window for the best view.